In the past 20 years, the development of the internet, the rise of the blog, the expansion of social networking sites, the implementation of mobile applications and the innovation of video communication technologies have begun to change the expectations of the typical museum visitor. With increasing budget constraints in K-12 schools and higher educational institutions, the challenge for museums in the 21st century is to find additional ways of engaging a much more demanding, technological sophisticated and time-constrained audience. New breakthroughs in video compression and cloud-based technologies now offer museums, zoos, parks and other cultural organizations a cost-effective way to offer videoconferencing distance learning programs, thereby, pulling in a broader available audience.
Just 5 years ago the cost and resource barriers to implementing a videoconferencing distance learning program were insurmountable for many museums. This webinar will focus on how your organization can leverage the educational programs and content that have been developed for onsite visitors and implement new cloud-based video conferencing technologies to make videoconferencing outreach a reality.
Meet with industry veteran Michael Pfannenstiel, of Field Trip Zoom, and co-presenter Julia Shildmyer-Heighway to explore these opportunities. Julia Shildmyer-Heighway spent 15 years in Museum Education as an Educator/Programmer at Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Director of Education & Programs at Hook's Discovery and Learning Center. While at each museum, Julia was instrumental in designing and delivering successful interactive videoconferencing programs. She currently serves as Director of Content Services for the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). In this role, she works with over 220 cultural organizations, providing support, training and mentoring through consultation and workshops. She has presented nationally and internationally regarding videoconferencing and museum education. Michael is the founder of FieldTripZoom, LLC, a revolutionary new service that utilizes hosted (cloud based) technology that provides low cost, high definition videoconferencing services to museums, zoos, parks and other cultural organizations and teaching institutions that offer distance learning programs. Michael has over 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry and has worked in product management, marketing, program management and sales engineering launching a wide range of advanced business and consumer products at MCI and Verizon Communications. Most recently he headed up the deployment of hosted videoconferencing services at Education Networks of America where he deployed their new product offering to over 110 school districts in Tennessee and Indiana.
If you are a cultural organization and have thought about implementing additional technologies in your videoconferencing programs but decided against it because of the high cost and resources required, this webinar is for you! Join Michael and Julia to explore leveraging these new distance learning technologies now available.
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